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Eddie Lacy earned $55K for weighing less than 255 pounds today

Eddie Lacy had a chance to make a little extra money this week. The Seattle Seahawks put a weight incentive clause into his contract, and as long as Lacy clocked in under 255 pounds at his first weigh-in on Monday, he was set to earn $55,000, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.

Hidalgo points out the hypocrisy there.

I just can’t believe people are so concerned about what he does off the field, Hidalgo said. You got guys going to clubs and doing all these other things off the field. The concern is that he’s helping people?

He breathes football. He breathes helping people. Those are two qualities I want in the leader of my football team.

Kaepernick played in 12 games for the Niners last season, finishing with 2,241 yards and 16 touchdowns against just four interceptions.

Limited Womens Alejandro Bedoya Jersey After a brief retirement, McClain revived his career with the Dallas Cowboys, starting 12 games for the team in 2014 and 11 in 2015. But he served a four-game suspension at the beginning of the 2015 season for substance abuse and a 10-game suspension in 2016.
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A third violation of the substance abuse policy prevented him from ever seeing the field in 2016 and guaranteed that he wouldn’t be available to play until the latter half of the 2017 season. His latest transgression means that likely won’t happen, and further punishment from the league could be on the way.

McClain was charged Friday with second-degree possession of marijuana, carrying a firearm without a permit, and a misdemeanor equipment violation.

Seven questions for Starling Marte, MLB’s other PED cheaters

The Pirates’ Starling Marte is the latest MLB player to test positive for a banned substance and then claim at least partial ignorance. Such claims are getting harder to believe.

Marte issued a statement Tuesday afternoon that said neglect and lack of knowledge led to him unintentionally make a mistake with steroids. I’ll take him at his word for now, but I have a few questions.

Marte cited embarrassment and helplessness when describing his 80-game suspension for testing positive. It’s unclear exactly what he means by those words in this context, but both seem like things that should be easily avoidable in 2017. It’s not like the Nandrolone got into his body when he walked past a factory and took a deep breath, or accidentally ate a burger laced with it.

Authentic Youth Al Davis Jersey Baseball has always thrived on players and their personalities. But considering that teams are regularly on the road while playing 162 games over an 180-day span, personalities don’t always mesh. Players are more than what they are on the backs of their baseball cards.

Oh, dated reference. How about: Players are more than what they are on their Baseball Reference pages?

Authentic Youth Thomas Greiss Jersey In any case, the MLB Network documentary does a great job of reminding baseball fans that the manager isn’t — and shouldn’t be — just a yes man forced to play particular lineups and players because the team was built a certain way.

Hue Jackson: DeShone Kizer will get ‘opportunity to compete’ for starting job

The Browns may have got their quarterback, but that doesn’t guarantee he’ll be starting under center.

Cleveland selected Notre Dame signal caller DeShone Kizer in Friday’s second round of the NFL Draft, but coach Hue Jackson doesn’t intend to just hand the rookie the starting job.

Kizer, a Toledo native, threw for 2,925 yards with 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions last season. The 6-4, 233-pound Toledo native started as a redshirt freshman, throwing for 2,884 yards with 21 touchdowns and 10 picks. He recently cited his ability to diagnose defenses as a reason why he’s ready to become one of the greats in the NFL, but the knock on him is that he gets nervous in the pocket.

NFL Draft analyst Mike Mayock said last week during a media conference call that the 21-year-old Kizer is immature and is still a couple years away from playing despite having prototypical size and strength.

Kizer will have a chance to start in his first season, competing with former Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler and returning Browns quarterbacks Cody Kessler, a third-round pick last year, and Kevin Hogan, a fifth-round pick of the Chiefs last year who played in four game for the Browns.

There’s no doubt, with 10 picks, Ted Thompson made sure the Packers took care of their weak spots in the secondary first. He also increased the depth of their defensive front seven and offensive backfield. They probably could have taken an interior offensive lineman much earlier, and other than King and Jones, none of the picks look in line to start anytime soon.
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‘A League of Their Own’ reunion: 25 years later, movie still making an impact

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of A League of Their Own,” stars from the movie gathered at a minor league ballpark for a reunion softball game.

Six of the real-life female ballplayers from the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, including a 90-year-old pitcher, trotted out to home plate before the first pitch to a sustained ovation at Arvest Ballpark.

They’re so proud of this movie,” said Geena Davis, who played star catcher Dottie Hinson in the film. They are so happy to have their story told because history had forgotten about them.

We do anything we can do to honor them. They’re the real deal. We’re just the poor imitation.

Released in 1992, A League of Their Own pays homage to the women’s league that thrived during World War II.

Davis, 61, was the biggest name among the returning Rockford Peaches on Sunday, here at the minor league home of the Northwest Naturals. There was no Madonna swooping across the outfield to make a catch in her cap, no Rosie O’Donnell making plays at the hot corner.

Elite Womens Zach Bogosian Jersey There was also no Tom Hanks, who as manager Jimmy Dugan uttered the film’s most famous five words: There’s no crying in baseball!

Kaepernick also has lacked both reliable coaching and a comfortable supporting cast since Harbaugh left. Pete Carroll could provide the stability for him on the sidelines, and Darrell Bevell has the offense to maximize his abilities. The Seahawks are in desperate need of offensive line help, but they offer a diverse array of playmakers Kaepernick hasn’t had since his early Niners starting QB days.
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Dusty Baker seems determined to ruin Nationals’ batting order

Dusty Baker sometimes makes great situations look difficult.

Elite Womens Zach Bogosian Jersey The Nationals traded multiple top prospects, including Lucas Giolito, to the White Sox this offseason to acquire center fielder Adam Eaton. Yet now Baker is toying with the idea of burying the leadoff hitter down in the batting order.

A few years ago, Seth Markman, the senior coordinating producer who oversees ESPN’s NFL coverage, decided that Schefter shouldn’t drive anymore. Markman thought his reporter should be freed up to call and text at all times, so he could break more stories and avoid the hazard of texting while driving. Schefter’s so locked into his phone that producers have had to warn him at times when he’s approaching a staircase. Whenever Schefter travels to Bristol from his home in the New York City area, either he hires a driver or Markman dispatches a member of the ESPN security team to pick him up. Like today.
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Schefter heads down a hallway to get makeup for his first TV appearance of the day, a spot on Mike & Mike at 8:30. At his side is Megan Casey, an ESPN associate producer whose sole job today will be to ferry Schefter to and from his various ESPN on-air assignments—and ensure that he makes it down the stairs safely. On his way, Schefter is on the phone discussing the cornerback free-agent market when his source mentions that a deal will be coming soon for the Bills’ Stephon Gilmore.
The story provides us with a lot more additional details about how Schefter manages to scoop everyone else in the business. But the fact he’s so zoned in to getting information that he needs people to warn him about staircases is pretty remarkable.

There is no reason to believe Hardy won’t be back if he proves he can play

You have to wonder how Rice can explain the concept of consequences to players whose only prices were falling a few rounds lower than expected, or to teams that insist they don’t condone such acts or have zero tolerance yet still embrace players with those histories.

Hardy, on the other hand, is apparently still dodging responsibility and giving non-apologies for what he was caught doing to a woman that same year. According to a detailed Bleacher Report story Tuesday, Hardy is trying to make it in a new spring league, as a springboard back into the NFL.

Authentic Mens Quinton Dial Jersey I’m working to get the Greg Hardy name back in good standings, and for redemption, he told Bleacher Report. An apologetic, happy comeback. Get to the Hall of Fame.

Colt McCoy Youth Jersey There is no reason to believe Hardy won’t be back if he proves he can play. There’s no reason to believe Rice would not already be back had teams believed his skills hadn’t eroded, as they do with aging, injured running backs.

We value length (at linebacker) and all that, but we feel the same about really good players. Kyle and I have said we’re playing a system where a lot of people who have done it well go off these measurables. We’re not going to have absolutes. Good players are going to win the day. NaVorro is certainly one of those. We’re going to let that play out.

Signing Yoenis Cespedes was a move that the Mets absolutely had to make — not only to help reaffirm the fans’ faith in the franchise, but to keep a bopper to the lineup. If the Mets’ rotation can stay healthy this year — and this is the first time in quite a while we’ve seen all of their star pitchers healthy heading into spring training — then they can make some noise in the National League. With their excess of outfielders, it could enable them to make a move at the trade deadline, too. Maybe for another bullpen arm.

Anderson and Booker combined were ineffective making up the league’s No. 27 rushing attack in 2016.

Limited Khari Lee Jersey C.J. Anderson, the Broncos’ presumed returning lead back, is coming off right knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus. Second-year man Devontae Booker, who showed some flashes but struggled with pass protection and ball security, was overwhelmed as a rookie.

Although the Broncos’ blocking bears significant blame, Anderson and Booker combined were ineffective making up the league’s No. 27 rushing attack in 2016. Beyond that, Anderson and Booker provided little as receivers, with only 47 combined receptions.

That’s Mike Glennon, who is being sold as the capable veteran seat-holder for Trubisky, the Bears’ future franchise cornerstone 鈥?less than two months after being given starter’s money, starter’s stability, starter’s hype and, well, the starter’s job.

Of all the questions that immediately leaped to mind when Trubisky’s name was called Thursday night, even those that questioned the wisdom of trading assets to leapfrog the 49ers by one spot, the very first one most blurted out was, Didn’t they just give Mike Glennon $19 million to be their quarterback?

Now we know that the central figure in that equation 鈥?and at worst the second-most important one in the trade itself 鈥?asked the same question at apparently the same time.
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As it’s been noted, Fox and Pace worked to preemptively wiggle out of that problem in their post-draft recap to reporters. It’s not the first time coaches and executives have had to address a draft pick’s threat to an incumbent, particularly a veteran incumbent and a surprise draft pick.

Justin Forsett announces retirement from football

Justin Forsett is calling it a career.

The free agent running back announced his retirement from the NFL after nine seasons in a post on his Twitter page Wednesday morning.

The tweet included a link to Sports Spectrum, where Forsett released a statement on his decision to walk away from football.

However by late Tuesday night, the auction had been taken down, as reported by the Boston Globe.

According to TMZ Sports, “the person who has the car now is using the fame from the trial to drive up the price of the car.” The seller added “the car still has soot from when investigators fingerprinted the car” and also comes with an autographed Hernandez jersey.

Hernandez, who was already serving a life sentence for first-degree murder in the death of Odin L. Lloyd in June 2013, was acquitted in the double murder trial but was found hanging in his cell at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Mass., just five days later on April 19. His death was ruled a suicide.

After taking the massive risk on Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley to try to improve their defense, the Raiders fell more into their old ways of being too enamored by size, speed, quickness, height and weight over more tangible football traits: Connecticut safety Obi Melifonwu and UCLA tackle Eddie Vanderdoes.

Those picks do a young, contending team no good for immediate impact.
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he’s not very reliable in high-pressure moments.

The Cavaliers have won their series against the Pacers. 4-0. All were relatively close games. Close doesn’t count. (Ask the Pistons, who were close in all four losses to the Cavs in the first round last year … and then missed the playoffs this year.) LeBron has won his last 21 first-round games, which is just absolutely crazy. He was the best player on the court again in Game 4. He even brought out a vintage chasedown block!

Joe Staley Limited Jersey Was that Paul George’s last game as Pacer? Here’s Michael Lee on the risks George would face returning home to play for the Lakers. And here’s Gregg Doyel on the failure of the Pacers’ season.
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Speaking of PG-13, he’s not very reliable in high-pressure moments.

I don’t even know what to say about Celtics vs. Bulls. Just go read the recap and check out Paul Flannery’s Sunday Shootaround on the series where nothing makes sense.

Carolina used the No. 8 pick in the first round on Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey, who is a versatile player with speed and reliable hands as a pass-catcher. Carolina followed up that big-time selection on Day 2 by drafting receiver Curtis Samuel and offensive tackle Taylor Moton in the second round. The Panthers also added pass-rusher Daeshon Hall in the third. On Day 3, Carolina drafted cornerback Corn Elder, fullback Alex Armah, and kicker Harrison Butker. Carolina failed to draft a top-notch corner to help boost the secondary.

Overall, analysts thought the Falcons performed well in the draft. Atlanta used the No. 26 pick on UCLA defense end Takkarist McKinley, who is a lethal pass rusher with size and speed. The Falcons strengthened their linebacker corps on Day 2 by drafting LSU linebacker Duke Riley in the third round. On Day 3, Atlanta drafted guard Sean Harlow, a solid corner in Damontae Kazee, and tight end Eric Saubert.

Raptors vs. Bucks odds, NBA playoffs 2017: Toronto small road underdog for Game 6

The Toronto Raptors are 16-4 straight up and 12-7-1 against the spread in their last 20 games against the Milwaukee Bucks. With one more win over the Bucks this Thursday night in Game 6, the Raptors can punch their ticket into the second round of the playoffs.

Toronto is a 1.5-point road underdog in Milwaukee at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Raptors were a 2-point underdog in their last two road games at Milwaukee in this series.

Game Kids Vontae Davis Jersey The Raptors fell into a 1-2 series hole after losing Game 3 by a score of 104-77, their second double-digit loss to Milwaukee in three games. Toronto responded with a gritty defensive performance in Game 4, holding the Bucks to just 76 points on their home court in an 87-76 win.

That momentum carried into a 118-93 blowout win in Game 5 and has set the stage for a potential closeout game for the Raptors in Milwaukee. The team is 7-2 SU and 6-3 ATS in its last nine road games against the Bucks.

Dating back to 2001, Toronto is just 4-24 SU and 11-17 ATS in its last 28 postseason road games per the OddsShark NBA Database. The win in Game 4 broke an 0-6 SU and ATS slump.

Isaac vs Malik Monk vs. the point guards (Dennis Smith Jr. and De’Aaron Fox) would make for a fascinating debate in Philly. Monk seems like the best fit on paper because of his shooting ability. Point guard could be the team’s biggest need unless you’re the proud owner of a T.J. McConnell jersey. We’ll go with Isaac here for a simple reason: he brings more to the table than anyone else left on the board.
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